Center for Strategic Communication

Heat and Hajj 2076

[ by Charles Cameron — one black swan that’s almost predictable — where two timelines meet ] . God in His wisdom has decreed that all right thinking humans should circumambulate the Kaaba in Mecca if at all possible during their human lifetimes, so proclaims Islamic...

Yesterday’s learnings in science and religion

[ by Charles Cameron — theo-ecology, with a side of spaghetti ] . First, a Nobel laureate makes a distinction that should be of interest to all who study war — as also to those who “ain’t gonna study war no more”. Lucy Hughes-Hallett begins a New Statesman book review...

What We Are Reading

Key Reads Obama urges climate deal as U.N. summit opens in tense Paris Kim Hjelmgaard / USA Today President Obama urged his fellow world leaders on Monday to reach a landmark deal to curb global warming before it dooms the planet. At NATO, Turkey remains defiant over...

What We Are Reading

Key Reads Kurdish forces seize Iraq’s Sinjar town from Islamic State Isabel Coles / Reuters Kurdish peshmerga forces backed by U.S. air strikes seized the Iraqi town of Sinjar from Islamic State on Friday, a Reuters witness said, in one of the most significant...

What We Are Reading

Key Reads Deaths, damage reported in powerful Afghanistan quake Ben Brumfield / CNN A magnitude-7.5 earthquake struck southern Asia on Monday afternoon, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Early reports from Afghanistan and Pakistan say at least 180 people have died. At...